This Week In Imports: Sonic Gets A Head Start Over Mario Kart

By Spencer . May 12, 2014 . 4:00pm

imageWhile it’s been out in the West for over a year, Sega is just about to release Sonic All-Stars Racing: Transformed in Japan. The mascot racer has the same characters as the Western release including Danica Patrick who was confirmed alongside AGES and Ristar. In Japan, Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed will only be released on Wii U and PlayStation 3. Might be unfortunate timing though since Mario Kart 8 comes out later this month.


Monster Monpiece sold out when it launched and we’ll see if the sequel of sorts Monster Monpiece does as well when it debuts on Vita this week alongside a PlayStation 3 exclusive [email protected] game.


PlayStation Vita
God of War Collection
Moero Chronicle


PlayStation 3
Macross F: 30th Anniversary Box Set
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
The [email protected] One for All


Wii U
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed


Key European Releases
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)
Minecraft (PS3)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)


Key Domestic Releases
Borderlands 2 (Vita)
Minecraft (PS3)
Soul Sacrifice Delta (Vita digital release)

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  • gilleh

    The soundtrack for SASRT comes out soon, right?

  • subsamuel01

    I think this game can hold its own in Japan since its also on the PS3, while MK8 is only on the Wii U.

    • SlickRoach

      MK8 stands for Mario Kart 8, how did I not know! I kept thinking people were talking about Mortal Kombat 8! But I just may have to buy a Wii U soon though…

    • ronin4life

      MK8 will do just fine in Japan.

      I personally expect it to do much better than this will actually.

      • subsamuel01

        Still curious too see how this game will do in Japan, I know globally Market Kart will push a ton of units but Japans console market has been stale of late.

  • CptPokerface

    I usually glance over most kart racers but this game is phenominal in my opinion. Looks gorgeous, has an amazing soundtrack, and nostalgia galore. Pretty challenging if done on Hard mode as well..fantastic game.

  • yellowmage

    And, of course, Japan gets the best version of the game, where PS3 and Wii U are the only (non-handheld) consoles that matter, and that NASCAR woman is out and my beloved Ralph is still in!

    • Sonic and All Stars and Danica Patrick

      • yellowmage


        • Reki Honoo

          It says right in the article that it has everyone from the western release, including Danica Patrick, who is the NASCAR woman, as you said in your comment. So she is still in the japenese release.

          • yellowmage

            OK, two things: (1) that “who” thing was a joke; I know full well who she is, and (2) there was an earlier article on this very site regarding the Japanese release that confirmed DP’s excision. And if that isn’t proof enough for you, check the character section of the game’s official Japanese website, where Ralph is given a very prominent (and well-deserved) “VIP Guest Star” spot all to himself, while DP is nowhere to be found.

          • Slayven19

            She’s still in the game though.

  • Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed is the best Mario Kart game

    • KrazyBean

      Wow, those upvotes escalated quickly.

      • ronin4life

        Is the Bot Back?
        ? _.

    • Razvaille

      I fully agree. Nintendo was very lazy with the Mario Kart series and stayed in a comfort zone. Always the same scheme since the first Mario Kart (50cc, 100cc, 150cc), just add a few things, like Call of Duty: a lot of games with same essence and nothing surprising again, because Nintendo knows it will sell much because her audience is not very demanding. I really surprised myself and felt challenged by a game in years thanks to Sonic All Stars Racing and mainly Transformed, a racing game in each lap is not the same and the vehicle transformation is much better than in Mario Kart 7.

      • PreyMantis

        Add a few things? Like gliding or anti-gravity that changes the way the previous iterations played? I wouldn’t consider something that changes how a game is played minor. As much as I like SASRT, I feel the game is just too floaty and too cartoony. If it had the same animation, physics, and more enjoyable items like Mario Kart, I would probably like it better.

        • notentirelythere

          Idk if anti gravity really changes the way the game plays in the same way vehicle switches do. It’s definitely an appreciable way to up spectacle but from what I understand it doesn’t function differently from… pro-gravity racing. Calling it a gameplay addition sounds like calling Reese’s cups in festive Halloween wrappers a different flavor.
          Also, seems like you just want MK, but with Sega properties. The animation (and character redesigns) could do with some work from any standpoint, but the physics and item choices are going in totally different directions from MK and execute on them pretty well.

          • PreyMantis

            I guess you didn’t know that if bumping the other racers increases your speed on anti-gravity section s. Normally, it’s the opposite, so how is this not a major thing in the it plays?

            As for the animation and physics, that’s just me. They just don’t feel right. For example, the drifting just don’t look right and looks exaggerated.

          • notentirelythere

            Oh, that is interesting! I’m still wary, though. Gliding’s been cool but idk if it’s been applied as well as it coulda been (like, its incorporation in retro stages feels like a cop much of the time, that kinda thing).
            I was thinking more about how a lot of the characters look a lil bland and creepy (the JSR dudes, and DanEEka PATrick) and how the stilted character animations rob a lot of personality from the cast. If anything they could exaggerate drifting animations to look more impactful, instead of just kinda… rotating sideways.

          • John Diamond

            One thing all star racing gets right is difficulty. Mario Kart is too easy without it

        • persona_yuji

          So wait a sec… You say that a game with a blue, pink and black hedgehog, a kid wearing a chiken suit and two litttle monkeys that ride balls is too CARTOONY? Were you expecting Grand Turismo realism or something? Because the same thing can be said of Mario Kart.

          • PreyMantis

            You misunderstood me. I didn’t mean the characters are cartoony, I meant the animation-wise. Compare the drifting and the hit animation of SASRT and MK, you’ll see what I mean. The drifting, for example, is more realistic(lack of a better word) in MK than in SASRT. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like the karts in SASRT aren’t really drifting; the karts’ images just turn sideways.

          • persona_yuji

            If that’s what you’re going for, then I guess that I can agree with you on the point of the karts not really seem like they are driffting in terms of animations.

        • Terraforce77

          No any more more “cartoony” than a baby with a giant head driving a car.

          • PreyMantis

            Read above.

      • Aspenharls

        You’re not wrong, but it’s not close enough to hit the target. Mario kart has changed a ton, whether it’s the mechanics, or graphics. The gameplay is still extremely similar to the others, and the online hasn’t changed much from DS.(Speaking for MK7 here.) I’d say comparing to CoD is a fair statement.

        • Razvaille

          I am really fan of Mario Kart. I know the game will always provide me with fun and quality and that Nintendo has always done! I mentioned CoD, because of the layout always be the same. They could invent a story/ adventure mode( like Diddy Kong) or something to make me use all the characters like Sonic Racing Transformed. It’s just a suggestion, since I was a little tired from 50cc, 100cc, 150cc … I’m not saying this is a problem. And SASRT has good ideas like each individual transformation when it gets the special power, changes the track at every turn, water physics … Relative to gravity, Anti Gravity racing was already done 10 years ago by Crash Nitro Kart… but Mario is a strong name and unfortunately any other kart game without Mario will be called generic and will be forgotten. I like the MK series, but each time a kart game that has something new like Sonic least I appreciate too.

    • Tarkovsky

      Except that it isn’t a Mario Kart game lol. I like how people love to make statements like these which make zero sense to me. If you prefer Sonic All Stars to any of the Mario Kart games then fine. Say it’s the best kart racing game.

      • Ok

      • Terraforce77

        I’m pretty sure it’s just a joke…

    • Kotori Itsuka

      Now, if they only could add Miku, that would be great

  • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

    Funny. I just played Sonic Racing Transformed on Wii U Online Today.

  • Ms_Fortune

    Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed is better than every single currently existing Mario Kart game.

    Its also very hard but rewarding when you get through those posts, you can even avoid most of the major items.

    • Shippoyasha

      I feel any self respecting kart racing game fan should own this game. It just does so many things right, including making drifting actually work with proper map knowledge, items being powerful but not totally destroying the balance of the game and a legendary cast of characters more people should be familiar with. The soundtrack is quite good too.

    • Earthjolly

      I played the vita version and found it meh. How much better is the console version?

      • Razvaille

        I played a little bit versions of the Vita and WiiU and are pretty bad. Best pick up the X360, PS3 or the PC versions( more characters too).

        • CozyAndWarm

          How on earth was the Wii U game bad? By most accounts it’s the best version of the game on console

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        Wii U version is the best. 5 Player locally

  • Mir Teiwaz

    The only thing Sega botched up when putting this game out was not having an online cup race. Only having single races online is the one thing that holds the game back.

  • The Watcher

    Sonic and ASRT is more skilled based, whereas MK is pretty much luck.
    Doing those career mission to earn perfect stars will make you a better player overtime. kinda like Crazy Taxi crazy box missions. Anyone who ever cleared that knows what im talking about.

  • FTM

    If anyone picks up Moero Chronicle please post some impressions! I’m pretty interested, but because it’s an FP dungeon RPG I’m a bit worried that the language barrier will be too heavy. It doesn’t look too complex from the videos 4Gamer has, but it’d be nice to hear some impressions before I jump anyway.

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